Hope for TB Patients in Dadaab Refugee Camp

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When a team form the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) Dadaab Operations camp visited Anisa Ibrahim, a mother of seven, at her house in IFO 2 East, on 24th February, it was all happiness, with Anisa clapping her hands and overcome with joy, as she ushered them in. This was not her first encounter with the team. Six months before this visit, a team from the MSF Department of HIV/TB had contacted the KRCS team and informed them that a patient in IF0 2 East had tested positive for Tuberculosis sputum. The patient, the MSF team said, had been recommended for admission to hospital but she had been avoiding the clinic and was also not a regular taker of the prescribed drugs.Armed with this information, the KRCS team made efforts to trace the patient in vain. Although she lives in IFO 2 East Block D5, it was established that she had gone to Dagahaley, about 20 kilometers from Dadaab, where her brother lives. She had abandoned her youngest child who was also very sick and in desperate need of medical care. The child was thus under the care of the patient’s eldest daughter, who is also a minor. The KRCS team made further efforts and traced the patient. Soon negotiations were done and the patient willingly returned to IFO 2 East for closer monitoring. At that time, she was very sick and coughing.Her child was also very sick and KRCS began treating him immediately. The story is different now; the child has improved a lot and has been started on DOT for TB and is also on Plumpy Nuts. Anisa, our hostess and patient, is also being provided with powder milk for this child, who is also on OTP. Meanwhile, she (Anisa) has now been enrolled into the SFP programme. Further, she has been linked to the social services team that has provided her with basics such as a mattress, a kitchen set, a blanket and at least Ksh4000. Staff from KRCS usually visit Anisa and her family on a daily basis to give her and her child their daily medicine doses as well as encouragement and follow ups. The team is focused on the well-being of these patients as well as support for all vulnerable populations with similar cases in the IFO 2 camp in Dadaab.



 
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